Offense highlights local roundup


By Kevin Colley - kcolley@civitasmedia.com



South Webster’s Taylor Rawlins attempts to cross the plate against West on Wednesday evening.


Kimber Johnson

Minford’s Emily Shoemaker swings at a pitch against Oak Hill on Wednesday evening.


Lisa Bailey

In baseball and softball, you never know what is going to happen.

That was evident in a litany of games on Wednesday evening, as five of the six games featured in today’s roundup had 10 or more runs score in its respective contest.

Check those scores, plus a thrilling Portsmouth — Wheelersburg tennis match, right here in the Daily Times’ sports roundup!

Wednesday

BASEBALL

Clay 11, Western 8

Behind a gritty effort, along with five RBI combined from Drew Hadsell and Brody Riffe, the Clay Panthers were able to outlast the Western Indians, 11-8, in a SOC I bout that took place in Rosemount.

Hadsell, who went 2-for-4 on the day with two runs scored in addition to his two RBI, and Riffe, who also went 2-for-4 on the day with a double, three RBI, and two runs scored, were the offensive catalysts for the Panthers, who took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth frame after Western scored four runs in the top of the inning to tie the score at eight.

Tanner Richards (2-for-3, RBI, two runs scored) and Bradley McCleese (1-for-1, two walks, RBI, run scored) were among the additional offensive catalysts for Clay, who also received at least one hit and one run scored from Keith Cottle, Cole Gilliland, and Caleb McNutt. Gilliland, along with Grant Hempill and McGwire Garrison, added a RBI to the table to complete the effort.

“It was a good to get back on track with a win tonight after the tough loss at Green on Monday,” Clay head coach Keith Cottle said. “Drew and Brody really stepped up and led us at the plate tonight. Tanner and Bradley had some good at-bats as well.”

On the mound, Dakota Dodds battled through adversity to pick up the first conference decision of his high school career. Dodds allowed four runs (none earned) on five hits and struck out four while walking only one. Gilliland and Reece Whitley pitched the sixth and the seventh, respectively, with Whitley striking out the Western side to earn his first career save.

“Dakota didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but I give him credit,” Cottle said. “He battled and ended up with five innings and no earned runs. That’s a credit to him. Reece came in and pitched an outstanding seventh by striking out the side.”

With the victory, Clay moved to 3-5 and 1-3 in the SOC I. The Panthers will travel to Latham for another affair between the two programs.

Green 13, South Gallia 0 (F/5)

The Green Bobcats continued their impressive start to the 2017 campaign by notching yet another win in a 13-0 drubbing of South Gallia in five innings on Wednesday evening in Franklin Furnace.

Tyler Darnell and Tayte Carver proved to be explosive with the bats once again as the No. 2 and No. 3 hitters in the Green order combined to go 5-for-5 with three doubles and six RBI. Tyler Imes added a hit in his lone official at-bat and garnered two RBI as the Bobcats cruised to the easy victory.

In the five-inning mercy rule, Drew Ramey threw a complete game shutout, giving up just six hits and striking out two while walking none.

Green, who moved to 7-2 on the year, hosted Eastern on Thursday evening in a SOC I tilt. They’ll play Racine Southern in another home bout on Friday.

Gallia Academy 7, Portsmouth 2

In a battle between two OVC ballclubs, the Portsmouth Trojans fell to Gallia Academy in a home bout with the Blue Devils on Wednesday evening.

Ty Oliver and Mikey Potts each went 2-for-4, with both scoring a run and the latter producing a RBI, to help Portsmouth close to within 5-2 heading into the game’s final inning. However, a two-run seventh by Gallia Academy put the game out of reach for good.

Zach Basye also added a RBI for the Trojans, who played Ashland (Ky.) Paul Blazer at home on Thursday. Portsmouth will travel to Ironton for a road affair on Friday.

SOFTBALL

Minford 17, Oak Hill 3 (F/5)

Behind an offensive explosion of epic proportions, the Minford Lady Falcons used an 11-run third inning to rout rival Oak Hill, 17-3, in five innings on Wednesday evening in Minford.

The Lady Falcons were led by Zoe Doll, who put together a tremendous performance behind her 3-for-3, five-RBI performance. Included in that effort was a double, a home run, two runs scored, and a walk.

Ariel Kingery, Madison Sifford, and Emily Shoemaker each grabbed a pair of hits on the evening, with the trio combining to go 6-for-8 at the dish with a home run, four hits, and five runs scored. Kingery also scored the win on the hill, striking out five in three full innings while walking a pair.

Mary Pica, Brittani Wolfenbarker, Marissa Watters, and Hannah Tolle each collected one hit apiece on the evening for Minford, with Pica rounding out the offensive efforts with a grand slam that accounted for all four of her RBI.

Minford hosted West on Thursday evening in a makeup affair and will play at Oak Hill on Friday evening.

West 16, South Webster 2 (F/5)

Behind another impressive effort from its star in the cleanup spot in Makayla White, the West Lady Senators picked up a SOC II victory on Wednesday evening with a 16-2 victory over South Webster in five innings on Wednesday evening in South Webster behind an eight-run first inning and a six-run sixth.

White, who went 4-for-4 on the evening, collected a double, three RBI and a run from the cleanup spot to head the Lady Senators’ efforts, with Briana Bricker notching a 2-for-4, one-RBI, two-run effort from the back of the order and Abbie Dillow putting together an impressive 2-for-2 effort with two walks, two RBI and a run scored.

Kayleigh Coleman and Terra Butcher each collected a pair of RBI on their only hits of the contest and added five runs scored, while Madison Cochran, Taylor Coleman, Haivan Dillow, and Dreama Sadler added a hit apiece, with Dillow driving home a pair of runs on her own to close out the Lady Senators’ efforts.

West played at Minford on Thursday and will host South Webster on Friday.

Clay 8, Western 2

For the Clay Lady Panthers, it was another day, another win as Clay collected an 8-2 victory over Western on Wednesday evening in Latham behind a seven-run seventh inning.

Clay was led by Julia Swain, who collected a complete-game effort en route to moving to 6-0 on the hill. Swain struck out 10 Western batters while surrendering just five hits and one walk on the evening. Swain also went 1-for-3 with a double, a RBI and a run scored at the plate.

In addition to Swain’s efforts, Elisa Collins and Jensen Warnock combined to go 5-for-8 at the dish with a double, a RBI, and three runs scored for the Lady Panthers. Chloi Hayslip, Hannah Oliver, and Shaelynn Vassar each joined Collins, Swain, and Warnock in the hit column, with the trio combining for five RBI and two runs scored.

Clay (12-1, 7-0 SOC I) will play at Waverly in a makeup affair from Tuesday evening.

TENNIS

Portsmouth 3, Wheelersburg 2

In a thrilling tennis match that took place at Wheelersburg High School, the Portsmouth Trojans edged the Wheelersburg Pirates by a 3-2 margin in a nonconference tennis matchup.

After Wheelersburg’s Drew Jackson took home a victory over Portsmouth’s Luke Purdy in three sets to kick things off, Portsmouth’s Logan Carter and Allison Douthat took home straight-set victories over Mason Nolan and Hunter Pistole — which set up the thrilling doubles matches between the pair.

At the No. 1 doubles slot, the pairings of Ben Allen and Nic Jones (Wheelersburg) and Dillan Shugert and Jacob Fraley (Portsmouth) duked it out over the course of three sets, with Allen and Jones ultimately being the survivors in a thrilling 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 victory. Allen and Jones claimed the tiebreaking set, 7-5, to even the match up at two games apiece.

However, Portsmouth’s Ethan Haas and Luke Rodbell had the answer at the No. 2 doubles slot. After falling to Carson McCorkle and Seth Pertuset by a 6-4 tally, Haas and Rodbell stormed back to take the final pair of sets, 6-1, 6-2, to allow the Trojans to come out as the victors in the match.

No. 1 singles — Drew Jackson (Wheelersburg) over Luke Purdy (Portsmouth) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2

No. 2 singles — Logan Carter (Portsmouth) over Mason Nolan (Wheelersburg) 6-1, 6-2

No. 3 singles — Allison Douthat (Portsmouth) over Hunter Pistole (Wheelersburg) 6-1, 6-0

No. 1 doubles — Ben Allen and Nic Jones (Wheelersburg) over Dillan Shugert and Jacob Fraley (Portsmouth) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (TB 7-5)

No. 2 doubles — Ethan Haas and Luke Rodbell (Portsmouth) over Carson McCorkle and Seth Pertuset (Wheelersburg) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2

South Webster’s Taylor Rawlins attempts to cross the plate against West on Wednesday evening.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/04/web1_image2-Copy.jpgSouth Webster’s Taylor Rawlins attempts to cross the plate against West on Wednesday evening. Kimber Johnson

Minford’s Emily Shoemaker swings at a pitch against Oak Hill on Wednesday evening.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/04/web1_IMG_7844.jpgMinford’s Emily Shoemaker swings at a pitch against Oak Hill on Wednesday evening. Lisa Bailey

By Kevin Colley

kcolley@civitasmedia.com

Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7

Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7